For residents 60 and older, itís time to make a decision, one local health care agency says.
The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging is planning an April 16 event to help provide older residents with free legal services involving living wills and general durable health care powers of attorney. Kansas Legal Services are expected to have staff and pro bono attorneys on site to meet with clients 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at the aging agencyís office, 117 S. Main St., Ottawa. The documents from the event are to be executed and notarized before clients leave.
A living will, also known as a health care directive, is a declaration of a personís wishes on whether to receive life-sustaining procedures in the event the person has a terminal condition. It is only effective if two physicians have declared the person to be terminally ill. It can be revoked by the person at any time, either orally or in writing.
A general durable health care powers of attorney is a legal document giving another individual or individuals the ability to make health care decisions on a personís behalf in the event he or she cannot make the decisions himself or herself. Such decisions can include whether to consent to or withhold treatment, selecting physicians and treatment centers for care, and other medical decisions ranging from routine care to decisions about life-sustaining treatment.
Participants are urged to call to make appointments for the April 16 event. A limited number of appointments are available, though every attempt will be made to handle walk-ins. Call Leslea Rockers at (785) 242-7200 or (800) 633-5621 to secure a spot.